Healthcare facilities should be places where patients can feel safe, yet the statistics above show that hospitals are hot spots for picking up infections. Occurrences of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) are increasing: in just one example, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) incidents have ballooned 17-fold between 1995 and 2006. In the United States, where HAI is the fourth largest cause of death, $4 billion is spent on treatment of cases of HAI. This is a problem that neither patents or the healthcare system can afford to have.
Lunanos is a company that researches solutions to reduce infection rates in healthcare. Currently, we are developing two proprietary technologies that aid in the cleaning and disinfection of common surfaces found in the healthcare environment, such as bedside tables, bedrails, gurneys, mobile equipment, and bathrooms.
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